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The Managing Director of Palilar International Limited, Olawale Ibikunle Talabi, 59, has been arraigned before a Lagos Magistrate Court for allegedly obtaining the sum of USD94,000 from the management of Lead Ore and Copper International Trading Company Limited and allegedly converted the money to his use. Also charged with him for the same alleged offence was Palilar International Limited. The accused was arrested by the Operatives of the Police Special Fraud Unit, PSFU, at Milverton Road, Ikoyi, Lagos and after investigation by Inspector Afisat Abdulmalik and his team, Talabi was arraigned before an Igbosere Magistrate Court, Lagos on a two-count charge of felony to wit. conspiracy and obtaining money under false pretence. Prosecuting Counsel, DSP Agwu Chukwu informed the Court in charge No C/81A/2017 that the accused and others still at large committed the offence in 2013 in Lagos. Chukwu told the Court that the accused, as the Managing Director of his Firm connived with others still at large and used his company name to collect the sum of USD94,000 from the complainant with the agreement to use the money to supply them some metric tonnes of Lead Ore, but that instead, the accused converted the money to his use and failed to supply the materials to the complainant till date. Chukwu said that the offences the accused committed were punishable under sections 409 and 312 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2011. The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the alleged crime in the open Court and his Counsel, Ikechukwu Anima prayed the Court to admit the defendant to bail on the most liberal terms promising that he would not jump bail. Chief Magistrate, A.O Komolafe granted the accused bail in the sum of N10 million with two sureties in like sum who must show proof of three years tax payment to the Lagos State Government. Komolafe adjourned the case till 28 November, 2017 for mention and ordered that the defendant be remanded at the Ikoyi Prison,Lagos till he fulfilled the bail conditions.

Beleaguered Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has agreed to the terms of his resignation and a letter has been drafted, an official source with direct knowledge of negotiations told CNN. The source said that the generals had given into many of Mugabe’s demands including full immunity for himself and his wife Grace, and that he would keep his private properties. According to the source, the aim of Sunday’s televised address in which Mugabe appeared to resist calls to step aside was to ensure the veteran leader openly declared the military’s actions to be constitutional. For the resignation to formally take place, however, a letter must first be sent to the Speaker of Parliament, added the source. Mugabe had stunned the nation on Sunday when he refused to say in a live televised address if he was stepping down. His party had given him 24 hours to resign or be impeached after military seized power and kept him under house arrest. On Saturday, thousands of Zimbabweans had taken to the streets calling for him to go. But in a bizarre and rambling speech, Mugabe instead insisted he was going nowhere, and that he would see his political party Zanu-PF through its congress in a few weeks. Zimbabweans who’d been glued to state television to watch the speech live came out into the streets afterward, some in shock. Harare resident Tina Madzimure called the speech “an embarrassment really. He made a fool out of the generals.” “This man will go to his grave with Zimbabwe in his hands,” she told CNN.

Good Christians should not just follow the commandments, but must also actively help the poor, Pope Francis says in a homily. “[The poor] are the ones who open to us the way to heaven; they are our passport to paradise. For us it is an evangelical duty to care for them,” the pope said. Francis is celebrating the World Day of the Poor, a new Catholic festivity for which some 6,000 to 7,000 poor people, mostly from Italy, France, Spain, Germany and Poland, have been invited. The Pontiff warned that is is “sad” when Christians “do no more than keep to the rules and follow the commandments, like employees” of the Lord, and do not actively engage in charity. “All too often, we have the idea that we haven't done anything wrong, and so we rest content, presuming that we are good and just. […] But to do no wrong is not enough,” he adds. Pope Francis is spending Sunday with thousands of poor people from all over Europe, leading a special Mass in St Peter's Basilica and later sharing lunch with them. At the 10 a.m. (09:00 GMT) service, Francis is being assisted by 12 migrants, poor or homeless people, and one of the readings is to be delivered by a Syrian refugee. The Vatican said after Mass, about 1,500 poor people were due to have lunch with the pope inside Vatican walls, while the others were to be given food by volunteers at several locations around Rome. Francis, who calls himself “a street priest,” said days after his election to the papacy in 2013, that he wanted to lead “a poor church, for the poor.” On Thursday, the day he visited a field hospital for the poor near St Peter's, he tweeted: “Poverty is not an accident. It has causes that must be recognised and removed for the good of so many of our brothers and sisters.”

Zimbabwe’s ruling party has given its 93-year-old leader, Robert Mugabe, less than 24 hours to quit as head of state or face impeachment. This came after he was sacked as the leader of the party. His powerful wife, Grace was similarly dismissed. Mugabe, the only leader the southern African nation has known since independence from Britain in 1980, was replaced by Emmerson Mnangagwa, the deputy he sacked this month in a move that triggered Tuesday’s intervention by the army. In scenes unthinkable just a week ago, the announcement was met by cheers from the 200 delegates packed into ZANU-PF’s Harare headquarters to seal the fate of Mugabe, whose support has crumbled in the four days since the army seized power. Mugabe was given until noon (1000 GMT) on Monday to resign or face impeachment, an ignominious end to the career of the “Grand Old Man” of African politics who was once feted across the continent as an anti-colonial liberation hero. Even in the West, he was renowned in his early years as the “Thinking Man’s Guerrilla”, an ironic nickname for a man who would later proudly declare he held a “degree in violence”. As the economy crumbled and political opposition to his rule grew in the late 1990s, Mugabe showed his true colours, seizing thousands of white-owned farms, detaining opponents and unleashing security forces to crush dissent. As the vote was announced, war veterans leader Chris Mutsvangwa, who has spearheaded an 18-month campaign to remove a man he openly described as a “dictator”, embraced colleagues and shouted: “The President is gone. Long live the new President.” Mugabe’s 52-year-old wife Grace, who had harboured ambitions of succeeding her husband, was also expelled from the party, along with at least three cabinet ministers who had formed the backbone of her ‘G40’ political faction. Speaking before the meeting, Mutsvangwa said Mugabe, who has so far resisted calls to quit, was running out of time to negotiate his departure and should leave the country while he could. “He’s trying to bargain for a dignified exit,” he said. If Mugabe refused to go, “We will bring back the crowds and they will do their business,” Mutsvangwa told reporters. Mnangagwa, a former state security chief known as “The Crocodile,” is expected to head an interim post-Mugabe unity government that will focus on rebuilding ties with the outside world and stabilising an economy in freefall. On Saturday, hundreds of thousands of people flooded the streets of Harare, singing, dancing and hugging soldiers in an outpouring of elation at Mugabe’s expected overthrow.

The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has won the four remaining local governments in Saturday’s Anambra governorship election released by INEC on Sunday in Awka. With the declaration of results from the remaining 4 LGAs, APGA, whose candidate in the elction is incumbent governor, Willie Obiano, has swept the entire 21 LGAs in the state according to results declared at the collation centre. The last local government areas won by the party are: Anambra West APGA 8,152 APC 4,261 PDP 1,578 Nnewi South APGA 10,465 APC 2,765 PDP 3,255 Nnewi North APGA 10,845 APC 3,616 PDP 4,157 Idemili South APGA 12,180 APC 4,632 PDP 2,767 Earlier results declared are as follows: Awka South Local Government APGA 18,957 APC 6,167 PDP 5,354. Njikoka Local Government APGA 16,944 APC 5,756 PDP 3,477 Dunukofia Local Government APGA 8,575 APC 7,016 PDP 1,530 Anyamelum Local Government APGA 14,593 APC 5,413 PDP 2,323 Anaocha Local Government APGA 11,237 APC 5,297 PDP 6,544. Orumba South Local Government APGA 8,125 APC 3,802 PDP 2,412 Ekwusigo Local Government APGA 8,595 APC 5, 412 PDP 3,856 Aguata Local Government APGA 13,167 APC 5,807 PDP 4,073 Omitsha North Local Government APGA 10,138 APC 3,802 PDP 4,143 Ogbaru: APGA 6,615 APC 3,415 PDP 4,416 Idemili South: APGA 5,742 APC 4,063 PDP 2,629 Orumba North: APGA 8,766 APC 3,551 PDP 3,865 Awka North: APGA 7,164 APC 3,727 PDP 3,347 Onitsha South: APGA 7,082 APC 2,012 PDP 3,423 Oyi: APGA 11,840 APC 5,085 PDP 1,296 Ihiala: APGA 14,379 APC 7,894 PDP 4,706 Anambra East,(Home of incumbent governor: APGA 20,510 APC 5,248 PDP 1,132 The result sheet shows a landslide victory by governor Willie Obiano who defeated all his contenders in their Local Government Areas. However, the independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is yet to officially announce the winner as at the time of this report.

Former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim, has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Abuja over fraud he allegedly committed involving Centenary City in Abuja. Our source learned that Mr. Anyim is in detention and is being interrogated by EFCC officials.

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) said it had arrested a former Kano State High Court Judge, Justice Kabiru Auta, for an alleged N220 million fraud. Spokesperson of the commission, Mrs Rasheedat Okoduwa, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday. Okoduwa said the suspect was detained on Tuesday when he honoured an invitation by the commission over allegations of criminal conspiracy, cheating and forgery. Auta, according to her, allegedly conspired with some other persons to defraud a Kano businessman named Alhaji Bashir Yakasai of N220 million. “The matter was referred to the commission after it had been reported to the National Judicial Council which had constituted a committee to investigate the allegations. “The amount involved had been fraudulently obtained from Yakasai by Auta and his accomplice, Bashir Sufi, on the pretext that they were acting on behalf of the former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon. Justice Aloma Mukhtar. “Auta in his statement to the Commission disclosed that he made a part repayment of N20 million to Yakasai during the course of the matter,” she said. Okoduwa said the suspect was released on administrative bail, while further investigation into the matter was ongoing.

Italy have sacked coach Giampiero Ventura after the four-time champions failed to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1958. The Azzurri lost a play-off with Sweden 1-0 on aggregate to spell the end of 69-year-old Ventura’s 17-month tenure. Ventura said his record was “one of the best of the last 40 years”. “I lost only two games in two years,” he told Italian television show Le Iene before the Italian Football Federation fired him on Wednesday. Ventura replaced Antonio Conte in June 2016, and was described as a “master of football” by Italian football federation president Carlo Tavecchio. However, Italy took one point out of a possible six against Spain in qualifying and also drew at home to Macedonia. “I can only apologise to the Italians, not for the will or effort but for the result, which as I know is the main thing,” said former Napoli and Sampdoria boss Ventura after Italy’s World Cup hopes were ended. BBC reports that when he was appointed he was given a two-year deal which would have taken him to the end of the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia. At the time, Tavecchio called Ventura an “innovative” coach with “limitless experience” who had helped many players reach the national side.

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) says it will liaise with Nigerian Police Force, Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) among others to curb illegal “organ harvesting” in the country. Julie Okah-Donli, who disclosed this at a press conference on Wednesday in Abuja, described “organ harvesting” as a new dimension in human trafficking. Organ harvesting is a reality in many parts of the world where people are dubiously sedated on a surgeon’s table and their organs removed one after the other. The NAPTIP boss emphasised that such practice had become booming business in 21st century across the globe. She, however, said she had directed NAPTIP’s investigation department to liaise with the police in an event of any reported case of ritual murder to ensure that it was not a case of illegal harvesting of organs. She said “illegal organ harvesting and trafficking have become business ventures whereby organs of victims of human trafficking are harvested unwillingly and sold. “Trafficking for sexual and labour purposes seem no longer a quick money making venture for traffickers, who are not ready to wait for years for their investment to yield desired results. “Perpetrators have now found a quicker way in illegal harvesting of organs of unsuspected victims who are lured with various tricks. “Some are also informed that their organs will be taken for a fee and they will be taken care of but as soon as the organs are removed, promises made will not be fulfilled, while the victim is left to die.” Okah-Donli noted that some family members of sick people who got tired of being on the waiting list for organ transplant sometime resort to buying organs from “black market” without knowing the source of such organs. She emphasised that removal of organs for transplanting could only be carried out by professionals in medical field, saying that “in a bid to save our lives or lives of our beloved ones, we loss our humanity.” She urged NMA to conduct a “Soul Search” concerning its members’ involvement in such act. The director-general reiterated the agency’s commitment to engage Federal Ministry of Health to tackle the menace in the country. “My vision and determination is to present a specialised crime fighting agency that will be foremost in the suppression and elimination of trafficking in persons with specific attention on awareness creation, advocacy, enforcement of law, capacity development. “I am also determined to ensure comprehensive rehabilitation of victims of human trafficking to enhance the dignity of all persons in line with international best practice.”

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the reinstatement of the security aides of Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State. The President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, made this known in a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday. “While welcoming the President on arrival Wednesday in Awka for the Grand Finale of the All Progressives Congress Governorship Rally, the governor had complained about the withdrawal of his security aides. “Before departing Awka, President Buhari directed the Deputy Inspector General of Police (Operations), Joshak Habila to ensure the return of the governor’s security personnel,’’ the statement added.

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